I was saddened to hear the recent news that our Valley Assembly member, Juan Arambula, does not plan to seek re-election in 2008. There is no greater advocate and fighter for the priorities and people of this Valley than Juan Arambula. His time in Sacramento has been marked by independence, integrity and results for the communities of his district.
I was involved in a holiday toy drive last year in Selma, and Juan and his wife, Amy, drove from Sacramento just to take part in brightening the holidays for needy children. This is not unusual; there are many stories of their sacrifices in the years they have been public servants.
I trust that our communities can come together and encourage Assembly Member Arambula to seek another term in 2008. The problems that the Valley faces in the years ahead will demand the kind of leadership that Juan Arambula provides and this Valley deserves nothing less.